Lucid office trap

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Thu Sep 15 14:12:12 UTC 2011

I got curious about the new LibreOffice, and made the mistake of thinking I
could just try it on my lucid laptop.  No way -- it wanted to delete
openoffice, so I did not allow that.

I guess I wasn't clear in my mind about how synaptic works, and did not know
I also needed to "unmark all" before I continued tinkering.  Anyway, somehow
something got installed or updated or such, and synaptic kept finding fault
with everything I did -- mostly in the form of holding back some parts of
openoffice that needed to be reinstated. Even with comparing old and new
results of "dpkg --get-selections" I was not able to find what to remove
(completely) that would get back to smooth running.  Eventually, after
removing a few hundred packages with no joy, I threw in the towel and let
libreoffice take over.

I don't use the office much now that I'm retired, and I have natty with
OpenOffice on another machine, so I'm not badly damaged or anything.  I'm
just ticked off that there's no obvious path back to what I had before.  I'm
guessing I would have wound up with LO anyway after a time, the way things
are, so this is just...

A word to the wise...

Kevin O'Gorman, PhD
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